29 March 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

German Nazi-looted art panel recommends return of Franz Marc’s Foxes to heirs of Jewish banker: Germany’s advisory panel on Nazi-looted art urged the city of Dusseldorf to return the painting Foxes (1913) by Franz Marc to the heirs of a Jewish banker who sold it to fund his escape to Chile after he was imprisoned in a concentration camp.

26.03.2021, The Art Newspaper: German Nazi-looted art panel recommends return of Franz Marc’s Foxes to heirs of Jewish banker

Suffolk town divided over Antony Gormley works placed on beach: It was hoped they would encourage the appreciation of contemporary art. But instead four iron sculptures by Sir Antony Gormley appear to have bitterly divided public opinion in the Suffolk seaside town of Aldeburgh.

26.03.2021, The Guardian: Suffolk town divided over Antony Gormley works placed on beach

Louvre probes its collection for Nazi and colonial loot in massive provenance research project: Provenance research is “undoubtedly the main question museums have to deal with in the coming years to maintain their credibility”, says the Musée du Louvre’s director, Jean-Luc Martinez. The museum has now put a catalogue of almost all of its collections online, gathering together around 485,000 object records drawn from dozens of internal databases. Previously, members of the public only had access to listings for around 30,000 works exhibited in the galleries.

26.03.2021, The Art Newspaper: Louvre probes its collection for Nazi and colonial loot in massive provenance research project

Scottish University becomes first to repatriate Benin Bronze to Nigeria: Days after Berlin’s Humboldt Forum museum said it was pursuing the return of its Benin Bronzes, the University of Aberdeen in Scotland said it would repatriate to Nigeria a sculpture from that same cache of artworks, which was looted by British troops during the 19th century and dispersed across Europe.

25.03.2021, Art News: Scottish University becomes first to repatriate Benin Bronze to Nigeria

25.03.2021, The Art Newspaper: University of Aberdeen to return Benin bronze looted by British troops to Nigeria

26.03.2021, The Museums Association: Landmark breakthroughs welcomed in Benin bronze dispute

German culture minister seeks ‘national strategy’ on Benin bronzes, including restitution: Culture Minister Monika Grütters says she intends to bring together museums and state culture ministers to define a “national strategy” on the Benin bronzes in German museum collections that will involve restitution.

25.03.2021, The Art Newspaper: German culture minister seeks ‘national strategy’ on Benin bronzes, including restitution

23.03.2021, Artforum: Humboldt Forum to return Benin Bronzes 

22.03.2021, Art News: Berlin museum won’t show Benin Bronzes, begins to pursue return of artifacts

A game changing year: London has lost its Masterpiece fair for the second year running. Chief executive Lucie Kitchener says that she made the decision to cancel its 2021 edition “with a heavy heart” but that the timing was just too tight for the mixed category fair, which was due to open days after the UK’s lockdown should end on June 21. “The optics around the road map [out of lockdown] make it look guaranteed, but it isn’t. The difference between things being OK and not OK is really marginal. It seems too much of a risk for our galleries,” Kitchener says.

25.03.2021, The Financial Times: A game changing year

Lorry driver sentenced after Bulgarian coins and antiquities seized at Dover: A Bulgarian man has been jailed for two years after antiquities estimated to be worth more than £76,000 were found in his lorry by Border Force in Dover, Kent.

24.03.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Lorry driver sentenced after Bulgarian coins and antiquities seized at Dover

United States

Court delivers blow to Warhol Foundation in fair use appeal over Prince portraits: In a major loss for the Andy Warhol Foundation, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the famed Pop artist did not make fair use of Lynn Goldsmith’s 1981 portrait of Prince for his own 1984 series of similar-looking images. The decision effectively overturns one made in 2019 by the Southern District Court of New York, which ruled in favor of the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the case will now return to a lower court.

26.03.2021, Art News: Court delivers blow to Warhol Foundation in fair use appeal over Prince portraits

26.03.2021, The Boston Herald: US court sides with photographer in fight over Warhol art

Court delivers blow to Warhol Foundation in fair use appeal over Prince portraits: In a major loss for the Andy Warhol Foundation, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the famed Pop artist did not make fair use of Lynn Goldsmith’s 1981 portrait of Prince for his own 1984 series of similar-looking images. The decision effectively overturns one made in 2019 by the Southern District Court of New York, which ruled in favor of the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the case will now return to a lower court.

26.03.2021, Art News: Court delivers blow to Warhol Foundation in fair use appeal over Prince portraits

26.03.2021, The Boston Herald: US court sides with photographer in fight over Warhol art

World

After objections, Cambodian government rejects proposal for theme park on the outskirts of the Angkor Wat temple complex: Cambodia’s Culture and Fine Arts Ministry has rejected a proposal by the Hong Kong casino operator NagaCorp to build a resort and theme park near the sprawling Angkor Wat temple complex after concerns raised by Unesco.

26.03.2021, The Art Newspaper: After objections, Cambodian government rejects proposal for theme park on the outskirts of the Angkor Wat temple complex

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Warrior becomes most expensive western work of art sold in Asia at $41.7m: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Warrior (1982) has just become the most expensive Western work of art to be sold at auction in Asia, selling for a low-estimate HK$280m (HK$323.6m/$41.7m with fees) at Christie’s in Hong Kong.

23.03.2021, The Art Newspaper: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Warrior becomes most expensive western work of art sold in Asia at $41.7m

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